Roses, chocolate and sweets are popular Valentine's Day gifts, and a romantic dinner always seems to be the best way to spend the evening. Treat your loved one and yourself to a special dinner at a slightly different venue than the ones you often visit, perhaps a sophisticated hotel, and you will find it easier to impress.
If you have not made plans for the evening, this last minute guide may help you to make a decision without starting from the scratch.
Aria, China World Hotel, Beijing
China World Hotel, Beijing, houses some of the city's finest restaurants. Its award-winning Aria Bar and Grill combines cozy seating, good service and Mediterranean-style European and fusion-style cuisine. The restaurant offers one-on-one consultation with its head chef for the upcoming Valentine's Day dinner. Chef Phillip Taylor will walk customers through the steps of customizing a very personal Valentine's Day menu. Dinner is 1,520 yuan ($243) per couple and includes two welcome cocktails. Call 010 - 6505 2266 ext. 36 for reservations.
2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing
Matrix, Crowne Plaza Beijing Lido
The new hotel that opened in Beijing's Lido area last year offers a five-star Valentine's Day buffet dinner at an unbeatable price. The buffet dinner,588 net per couple, features a large selection of seafood from lobster to spider crab legs, and comes with a complimentary bottle of imported red wine per couple. Call 010 8443 6228 for a reservation.
No 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing
Grange Grill, Westin Beijing Chaoyang
The menu at Grange Grill is known for its quality Australian beef, regional steak specials and fresh seafood. The trendy restaurant will present a five-course Valentine's Day menu for 1,688 yuan per couple, with complimentary Mumm Champagne to offer an ultimate steak experience. You also may be impressed by the restaurant's 1920s-style cocktail lounge and a large selection of wines. Call 010 - 5922 8880 for a reservation.
Buffet/BBQ, V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel
Located next to the Beijing International Convention Centre, V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel offers a great view of the Bird's Nest and some of the most down-to-earth hotel food. The Valentine's Day buffet with seafood and free flow of house wines is priced at 618 yuan net per couple, and a four-course BBQ set menu is 599 yuan net per couple. Call 010 - 84982288 for a reservation.
No.8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang district, Beijing
Tian Tan Kitchen, New World Beijing Hotel
Tian Tan Kitchen, renowned for its international cuisine, live cooking stations and vibrant ambiance, will turn itself into a romantic venue on Valentine's Day. The buffet dinner,788 yuan per couple, will begin with a complimentary glass of champagne and finish on a sweet note with a chocolate gift box and a red rose to take home. Call 010 5960 8822 for reservations.
No.8 Qinian Street, Dongcheng district, Beijing.
Fine Chinese cuisine at Yu, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing
Chinese restaurant Yu, with The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, will present a delicate Valentine's Day dinner menu exclusively created by celebrity Hong Kong Chef Ku Chi Fai. Highlights of the menu, at 1,388 yuan per couple, are steamed egg white with crab and yellow wine, and braised grouper with black truffle sauce. Call 010 - 5908 8111 for a reservation.
83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing.
Grill 79, China World Summit Wing
Indulge in an intimate evening dinner with your loved one at Beijing's highest restaurant on the 79th floor of the China World Phase Three skyscraper. Grill 79, famous for its steak, is a mix of class and comfort. Make a reservation for a six-course tantric menu at 988 yuan per person. Add free-flowing rosé champagne for an additional 400 yuan per person. Call 010 – 8571 6459 for reservations.
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang district, Beijing
The Views Bar, Sunrise Kempinski
The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, a major venue for last year's APEC meetings in Beijing, officially opened last week. The destination comprises a total of 14 hotels located on the lakeshore and on Yanqi Island. Take the chance to check out the site of the year's most anticipated romantic Valentine's dinner package in Beijing's Huairou district. The 1,999 yuan package includes a nine-course dinner and a special Valentine's cocktail for two at The Views Bar, and the 2,999 yuan package includes a one-night stay, including buffet breakfast for two, a nine-course dinner and a cocktail for two at The Views Bar. Situated on the hotel's 21st floor, The Views Bar enjoys a perfect lake and mountain view. Call 010- 6961 8888 for reservations.
18 A, Yanshui Road, Yanqi Lake, Huairou district, Beijing
Xian Bar, EAST Beijing
If you prefer a less formal rendezvous, Xian Bar at the EAST Beijing offers live music, casual western food, whiskey and five special Valentine's Day cocktails inspired by Hollywood movies. For example, The Scarlett uses brandy as a base and is mixed with Bols Kisch, Vermouth, strawberry juice, and topped with foamy champagne, which embodies the courageous and beautiful Scarlett O'Hara. Call 010 - 8414 9810 for reservations.
No. 22 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing
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